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Pinnick Hails Buhari, Eagles On 2019 AFCON Ticket Feat

Pinnick Hails Buhari, Eagles On 2019 AFCON Ticket Feat

Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has heaped encomiums on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria for providing the conducive environment for Nigerian Football to continue to thrive, following the Super Eagles qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations,  reports Completesportsnigeria.com.


Nigeria played out a 1-1 draw against South Africa in a matchday 5 clash played at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday.


An own goal from Buhle Mkhwanazi off a Samuel Kalu’s cross in the ninth minute gave the Super Eagles the lead, but an easy tap in from Lebo Mothiba in the 26th minute earned South Africa a share of the spoils.


“This is great day for Nigerian Football,” Pinnick remarked in a statement released by the Nigeria Football Federation’s media department.


“Just as happened in the qualifying series for the FIFA World Cup, we have won the ticket to the AFCON with a match to spare.


“This victory is for President Muhammadu Buhari and the Government and people of Nigeria. We commend the technical crew and the players, and I must praise Governor Simon Lalong who is here with his wife to support the team. He has been a pillar of support.


“I also congratulate the members of the NFF Executive Committee, NFF Management and Staff, members of the NFF Congress, Football Stakeholders and the media.


“We will begin the preparations for the AFCON immediately. As I have said several times, we do not want the AFCON ticket just to go there and make up the number, but to make a massive impact at the finals.”


Nigeria have now joined hosts Cameroon, Madagascar, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Uganda as the teams already guaranteed slots at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Cameroon.


The Nigerian delegation is expected to fly back to Asaba, Delta State in the early hours of Sunday.


The Super Eagles have an international friendly match with the Cranes of Uganda at the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Tuesday evening.

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  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

    Nigerians in America wishes to congratulate the NFF Chairman, the entire Management Staffs, the coach and his Crew, the team Captain Musa, and our fellow dedicated Fans in Nigeria and abroad for a job well done. We salute you all. Ladies & Gentlemen.

  • Nicolsen 2 years ago

    Congratz to NFF and the entire leadership team on qualifications however we need to push for investigation on d ref as its obvious that they coniveved with d south africans tol deny us our victory. This is unacceptable.

  • Gideon 2 years ago

    The man who officiated the game between Nigeria and South Africa needs to be investigated. I guess they’ve told him Nigeria must not win. Even if there was VAR, he will still cancel Musa’s goal… shame on African referees..
    NFF should push for the referee’s punishment.. Algeria didn’t spare Nigeria for fielding an ineligible player despite have no chance to qualifier for the last world cup. A.Pinnick, press for this and write your name in gold. we want the world to know we beat south Africa in Jborg and not a draw match.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 2 years ago

    The referee and his linesmen were fraud. Nigerians everywhere (170 Millions) hereby demands the total investigation of how, and why they arrived at their decision they made and to find out if money or any other material exchanged hands and by who. Nigerians are not going to forget nor forgive until this demands are met. These referee & linesmen should be suspended pending when the investigation is determined. The NFF Committee responsible for this type of matter should go to work, please.

  • If NFF don’t take up the referee and linemen, I will be very crux with them, and they will have lost their before me. No body in the NFF is even saying anything about, I hope they don’t sweep it under the carpet. I was more angry when I read the referee has apologized to Musa for his goals that were disallowed, if SA has won the match,is that how he will apologize? that lines man needs to be ban for life. Shame on Africa referee, no wonder they are relegated at the world football.

  • The surprising thing is that this referee has been touted as a disciplined man. Unfortunately he has allowed pecuniary reason to drag his name to the mud. For sure his career will take a nosedive to deplorable levels. Truth is he has done irreparable damaged to African football and has dented the image of African referees before FIFA. His shameful, callous display demands URGENT investigation by CAF. Like other forumites have said, the matter should not be driven under the carpet. NFF should speak up and demand severe punishment as a deterrent to other unscrupulous referees who play dirty games under the table. Let him not come near Cameroon 2019, or worse officiate in any match involving the SE again.

  • The sad reality is that it comes with the game. Sometimes it goes in your favour, other times it doesn’t.
    Do you remember world cup 2014 when a perfectly legitimate goal scored by Edin Dzeko was wrongfully cancelled for offside. That decision contributed to our progress while helping to knock out Bosnia.
    In 2017, South Africa should have got a legitimate penalty when Awaziem pushed a South African player in the 18 yard box. It was a stonewall penalty all day long which could have meant South Africa winning by 3:0.
    Mate, this things happen. Even VAR will not totally eliminate them.
    Nigeria has qualified, end of. Move on or stay sticked in nonsense….